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Maria Carrillo’s Vaughn makes U.S. U15 squad

Andrew Vaughn batted .309 while playing second base at Maria Carrillo. He was picked for a U15 squad to play in South America. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Andrew Vaughn batted .309 while playing second base at Maria Carrillo. He was picked for a U15 squad to play in South America. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Andrew Vaughn, an incoming sophomore at Maria Carrillo, made the cut and will be part of the Team USA U15 baseball squad that competes in Barranquilla, Colombia, later this month at the Pan American Championships tournament.

Vaughn, who played second base for the Pumas, was one of 40 players from across the country invited to the team trials, which concluded Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

The week featured a mix of morning workouts and afternoon games between the two 20-man teams.

At the end of the Thursday’s final session, the players all returned to their hotel where they heard the announcement of which of them had made the team.

“I don’t know what I was thinking. I was so excited when I heard my name,” Vaughn said.

The team will depart for Colombia on July 25 with games beginning the next day and running through Aug. 4.

As a freshman, Vaughn batted .309 and helped Maria Carrillo secure a spot in the North Coast Section playoffs.